2020 Atze’s Corner Bachelor Shiraz
Atze's Corner is owned by sixth generation Barossa Valley vigneron, Andrew Kalleske. At the heart of the project are low-yielding 1912 and 1951 Barossa Valley Shiraz vines planted adjacent to the locally-known Atze's Corner, in an unassuming plot of land to the east of Nuriootpa on the valley floor. Fruit is also sourced from several other vineyards, also owned by the Kalleske family. Two of the Barossa Valley's prized sub regions make up 100% of the Shiraz in this wine - Ebenezer and Koonunga. Open, small-batch fermentation, hand plunging and pumping and minimal filtering and fining define Andrew's unobtrusive approach. Maturation takes place in a combination of new French oak (30%) with the balance in seasoned French and American oak for a period of 18 months.
Impenetrable inky black heart with a very deep dark red black hue. Intense ripe blackberry and liquorice aromas are followed by some dark plum, well integrated vanillin cedar, earthy fennel and pepper. Rich, full and opulently textured the palate is flush with ripe dark plum, blackberry and liquorice fruits. Beautifully balanced with an underlying freshness, vanillin cedar, subtle earth, faint cinnamon spice and peppered fennel characters sit in the background. Bright juicy finish with polished tannins and a long blackpepper infused aftertaste.
Drink over the next 5-6 years.